Chase Elliott kept one of his NASCAR championships when fans voted him most popular driver for the fourth year in a row on Thursday night.
This season, Elliott was the defending Cup champion and the most popular driver, but he was beaten to the Cup title by new Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson. The National Press Association named Elliott the winner of the fan-voted most popular award during the season’s end awards presentation at the Music City Center.
“I just can’t thank the fans across the country enough,” said Elliot. “I was really mind-blown on a few occasions this year of that support, and to see it firsthand, you know, I see the T-shirts and all that stuff is noticed. Looking forward to ’22 to make all those folks proud.”
In 2018, the first year after Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement, Elliott began his reign as NASCAR’s most popular driver. Since 2003, when Bill Elliott requested that his name be removed off the ballot, Earnhardt had won the most popular award every year.
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